8 reviews of Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club
The front 9 are quite interesting, and certainly the greens were very good condition.
But it faded a lot on the back 9 , which were ordinary.
There is quite a lot of water, which is a plus, but I don't think we'll come back.
In fairness, we got a good deal with a county card, so good value.
My thanks to Dean Rowley and his review dated 28 April 2005 which I have studied in detail in readiness for my forthcoming visit to Stapleford Abbotts GC.
Played here last week, wonderful parkland golf course, some easy-ish holes, but most are a real challenge especially if you struggle with a fade/slice as I think there is only 2 holes that will accomodate that shot, 12th & 17th. Condition was pretty good, but not up to the likes of say Slayley Hall which I played last month. Green fees reflect that though, not to expensive, but just enough to keep most hackers out. Also part of The Crown Golf Group now, so Platinum card holders play for nowt. The club house is a lovely old converted barn with good facilities (even a sauna in the Men's changing rooms) and great menu choice. Would'nt hesitate to go back there, might make a day of it and play thier Priors Course as well.
This course always brings a great days golf, as a member here for 5 years, I have bought my handicap down from a 28 to 20 making steady progress. My lowest ever score here is an 85.
Heres a hole-by-hole description:
Hole 1: Looks pretty straightforward par 4, but with out of bounds left and right, makes the hole very narrow. A tough starting hole if playing a medal round.
Hole 2: Medium par 3, normally bout 6-7 iron in good conditions. Lake to the right of the green so you better be straight, left or long.
Hole 3: A real testing par 5, only the longest hitters will get here in 2.
Doglegs to the left, ideally need a long drawing driver over the trees and onto the fairway, then hit a long iron or wood to a well protected green with a lake and bunker around it.
Hole 4: Longish par 4, pull the drive left and your OB go right and your probably behind some small trees, with a long shot to the elevated green, can be tough when the pin is cut high.
Hole 5: Par 4, dogleg left, ideally drive over the trees, (after waiting for the bell to be rung by group in front) should set up a 7-8 iron in to a 2 tiered green.
Hole 6: Par 3, go left and youre in the lake, few bunkers down right. Not a to tricky providing you dont pull your tee shot, quite a big green for this course.
Hole 7: Birdie time, short par 5, reachable in 2. Drive can go almost anywhere and youll have a shot, as theres no out of bounds just a ditch down left and row of trees to the right.
Hole 8: Short par 4, but due to the layout you have take a long iron off the tee and aim at the big oak tree at the bottom of the fairway. A good shot will leave you with a 9-PW to green, still requires accuracy as small lake in front of the lake and OB at the back of the green.
Hole 9: Short par 4, straight forward, requires reasonably accurate tee shot then only short iron into green. Not much protection as the 2 bunkers are very shallow with hardly any lip to clear.
Hole 10: Short par 4, I like this hole as in the summer you can pull your driver out and go for the green in 1, has a lake just in front and to the left of green, but with a lot of carry it can be done. Short hitters, a 6 iron then 8 iron should suffice.
Hole 11: Long par 4, requires monster drive ideally keeping straight or slightly to right. That should leave you with short iron into a green that has a few bunkers to the left of it. Dont pull your drive left, as there is a small lake situated at perfect length to swallow your stray balls.
Hole 12: Long par 4, stroke index 2 and youll see why. Difficult to reach in 2, out of bounds all down the right and a lake down the left as you approach the green.
A bogey 5 here is always good, par is an excellent result.
Hole 13: Short par 3, usually around PW to SW, green is protected by bunkers infront of it to left and right. SI 18 so its the easiest on the course.
Hole 14: Par 5, reachable in 2 for long hitters, quite an open hole after your first shot.
A ditch runs horizontally across the end of the fairway, so you have to either go for it, or lay up and leave yourself 8-9 iron in.
Hole 15: Par 3, normally 7-8 iron in good conditions, elevated green with deep bunker to left and another to the right. Out of bounds awaits any shots that overshoot the green.
Hole 16: Medium par 4, requires straight tee shot, anything left is OB, also OB to the right but is generous enough. Green is protected by a few small mounds and bunker.
This hole can be a real score killer if your tee shot is not accurate.
Hole 17: Par 4, OB all the way down the right, Ditch runs across the fairway, so dont be too long. Green has bunkers both sides, although providing you tee shot it ok, shouldnt cause many problems.
Hole 18: Par 5, Get on the tee and unleash your driver, you can go left or right and still make par on this hole. Ditch runs down the left hand side and a fairway bunkers along both sides. The green has a lake to the left. The only O.Bs are the practise area (to the right) and the car park at the back of the green.
Played mid-week in February and not suprisingly the course was lovely and quiet. Thoroughly enjoyed the round. Dull first hole was followed by long par 3 over water and tricky dog-leg par 5. Several other holes were also made interesting by water. For some reason unable to get anywhere near the green on shortest par 3!! All greens were well protected and provided for an interesting approach shot. The experience was slightly spoiled by the noise from the M25 but definitely redeemed by the gorgeous 19th. Will definitely go back when the sun is shining.
really muddy when wet, "two bob bunkers" i.e no sand in them, moaning members about slow play,
best hole is 10 a long par 4, water at front of green sloping towards water, and out of bounds all the way down the right, lost all my pro v's on this one!,
holes 12 & 13 are to easy i can drive them and 2 putt for birdie, i mostly eagle these holes,
watch out for nicky (lee westwood lookalike) has already hit one member and knocked him out, has a bad duck hook.
good parkland course. can get boggy on front-9 when weather is poor ie summertime! being a member of Amercian Golf means no green fees! best hole is No 3, a 500yd+ par 5 with a long, dog-leg left and water in front of green!! a par here is a result. enjoy.....
Nice course, well maintained (albeit that greens have been spiked recently, presumably just the time of year). Lots of water, particularly on front 9, and a good variety of holes. Watch out for the 8th - not so much a dog-leg as a U-turn! Probably overpriced but they do take 2-fore-1 vouchers and it's good value with those.
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